Here is another embroidered shawl from Kashmir from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. This one is for a man – unlike the shawl I showed before (Embroidery of Kashmir I, Embroidery of Kashmir II), it has no central motif.
The border is quite intricate. It must have taken a lot of time to work it around such a large piece.
Here are some photos of the details:
The ends are worked with some type of drawn thread fringe similar to hemstitching.
This shawl is signed by the creator. In fact, these are produced in workshops. Each workshop has its own copyrighted paisley designs, and someone familiar with the embroideries can tell which one created a shawl based on the embroidered designs.
Take a look at the back.
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.